Although I'm generally the only adult wearing a helmet (due to my intense clumsiness), I do love ice skating with my family. There are numerous indoor and outdoor skating rinks in NJ, and we're trying to work our way through every one! First up, Newport Skates, the only outdoor rink in Jersey City and a sweet way to enjoy some winter sporting with the smaller folks (also in helmets.)
Somehow we made it to February, so yay for polar vortex-surviving us! Luckily, we live in a state where there are incredibly fun activities in every season, and this month is no exception. Whoop it up indoors at a Chocolate Festival or MP fave kids' band, The Fuzzy Lemons' 7th Birthday Bash, or brave the outdoors with maple sugaring or a summer camp (yes, you read that right) open house. Happy February, NJ!
What makes a perfect snack? How about simple, healthy and done in three easy steps? The fact that these yogurt covered strawberry hearts are also cute as a button is just a plus. So pop a tray of these in your freezer. The hardest part will be waiting for them to freeze.
After spending some time snowed in, it’s safe to say both kids and parents alike are ready to get out of the house! Bundle up the troops and take part in some of the great events NJ has to offer this weekend as we bid farewell to January and welcome the month of February. Think we’ll have 6 more weeks of winter? Check out the Watershed Reserve’s Groundhog Day Celebration or head to the Groundhog Prediction Party at the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts. For more outdoor adventure spend a Winter’s Day on the Farm at Fosterfields or grab your snow boots for a guided family walk at Tenafly Nature Center. And for some indoor fun, the whole gang will enjoy a fun-loving performance of Sister Act at the Mayo Performing Arts Center or take your little truck-lovers to the Monster Jam Truck Show at the IZOD Center. For even more weekend fun, check out the full list of weekend activities in our Event Calendar.
My kids are gamers. I'll admit it, they cherish every second they can get on their Xbox, computer or iPad. Like most moms, I try to limit their screen time, but I've also come to realize that gaming is a big part of how they socialize with their friends. Recent studies have even shown that moderate gaming leads to improved performance in perception, attention and cognition. During these cold winter months, it's nice to find an indoor space where my kids and their friends can get together and play (that isn't my house). We've put together a list of New Jersey gaming lounges where kids can gather to mine, race and battle. For more great opportunities for gamers and tech savvy kids, check out our post on STEM classes in New Jersey, where your kids can learn to program and design their own games.
We're having a big blizzard (supposedly) here on the east coast, but even if you live in warmer climates, you can have a bit of winter fun with this super simple ice experiment. Melting ice with salt is an easy activity that even a preschool scientist (or future Snow Queen) can undertake. Children will delight watching how the salt melts the ice -- and can try to make sculptures, too. Don't let the cold weather bother you; experimenting with these frozen fractals indoors is a lot of fun!
Whenever the weatherman predicts a big snow, you can almost hear the collective cries of joy from children, and the sighs of resignation from the adults who know they’re going to have stir crazy kids at home to deal with. Somehow the initial excitement always seems to wear off way too early in the day, leaving hours still to be filled. Before your brood drives you batty, scan through this list of things to do. We think you’ll find enough ideas to keep them happily entertained until the school bus pulls up again. Have fun and good luck!
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